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Chief Human Resources Officer

Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of the most renowned cultural institutions in North America. The ROM showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new discoveries, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world.

Reporting to the Director and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) will provide strategic thought and human capital leadership, as well as hands-on HR expertise to advance and align the human resources function with the overall strategic direction and priorities of the ROM. The CHRO will be accountable for providing leadership, guidance and direction to a team of HR professionals in the delivery of all activities of the Human Resources department. This includes HR policies and practices; talent management; recruitment; compensation and benefits and pension management; learning and development programming; HR planning; labour and employee relations; performance management; health and safety programs; employee engagement; employee wellness; and organizational restructuring and design.  

The CHRO will provide overall direction, advice and leadership to the Museum's labour/employee relations function. In this role, the CHRO acts as the CEO designate and chief spokesperson in dealing with the Museum's three union groups, specifically in the Museum's collective agreement negotiations, in the day to day administration of collective agreements and in managing all employee relations matters for the non-unionized employee group. A sound understanding of labour relations, coupled with experience managing and negotiating collective agreements is required for this role.

The successful candidate must have proven leadership experience, possibly within a cultural organization, or in the public sector, and possess strong HR expertise across all human resource functions. With more than 15 years of senior HR experience, the ideal candidate will be a thoughtful and articulate strategist and communicator. The successful candidate will have a passion for the arts, cultural or non-profit sectors, credibility in the space, and must be comfortable working with a Board of Directors. 

To explore this opportunity further, please contact or submit your resume and related information in confidence online at

The Royal Ontario Museum is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the Royal Ontario Museum throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with differing abilities

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
Apply Online

Employer Details

Royal Ontario Museum

Amanda Bugatto
100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6